Norvic Philatelics

New Machin definitive stamps Special Delivery service - 26 October 2010

To satisfy an operational demand at Post Office counters, Royal Mail has produced two new definitive NVI stamps for Special Delivery letters up to 100gr and up to 500gr.  These will be useful for business users who send high volumes of special delivery letters, and should save processing time.

From the collecting point of view, it will be interesting to see just how quickly these appear on the market as properly commercially used examples.  The similar Recorded Signed For stamps issued last year have not been very plentiful.  Likewise for first day covers, should you collect both stamps on one Royal Mail fdc with a special handstamp, or single stamps on either FDCs, plain envelopes or Royal Mail Special Delivery envelopes, with the proper bar-code labels and operational counter date stamps?

New Machin definitive stamps for 100gr special delivery service.- New Machin definitive stamp for 500gr special delivery service.
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Pre-issue Publicity images 
supplied by Royal Mail.

The stamps will initially be sold for 5.05 and 5.50 respectively.  The images supplied appear to show self-adhesive stamps with security overprint (including MA10) but no security slits.  Further details when we get supplies.

Technical information

The new definitive stamps will be printed by De La Rue in gravure, size 24mm x 24mm, ie 4mm wider than the basic stamps in both cases, in sheets of 25 with two self-adhesive bars.   

Special postmarks available on the day of issue will be shown here. (These images are not to scale)

Official bureau first day postmark for special delivery machin stamps.
Official Windsor first day postmark forspecial delivery definitives.
Official non-pictorial Windsor postmark for special delivery definitives.
Windsor Castle postmark.
Ref FD1041  Official Bureau
First Day of Issue Postmark
Ref FD1042
Official Windsor
First Day of Issue Postmark
Ref FD1042NP  Official Windsor non-pictorial First Day of Issue Postmark Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp
Postmark showing a Maltese Cross postmark. Postmark showing Machin head of HM The Queen. Postmark showing a harp.
Additionally, any postmarks available on this date may also be applied to FDCs
- see Permanent postmarks and Other one-day postmarks
Ref L11897 Special Delivery Stamps, Windsor Ref M11898 Special Delivery Stamps Queen Elizabeth Rd, Birmingham Ref S11902
Special Delivery Stamps, Belfast

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This page updated 11 October 2010

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